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Physical therapists provide treatments to those who have been involved in accidents, who have experienced trauma or have disabling or chronic conditions. These treatments are designed to relieve or alleviate pain, strengthen muscles, improve range of motion, or improve function and mobility. Conditions that are addressed by physical therapists vary widely but can include arthritis, lower back pain, fractures, head injuries, or stroke recovery.

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Physical Therapy Schools

The following five physical therapist schools offer doctoral degrees in physical therapy. All schools are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education:

  • Alabama State University: This state university offers a three-year clinical doctorate that prepares students to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam.
  • Medical University of South Carolina: With a long background of educating physical therapists (since 1973), this school's Doctor of Physical Therapy program provides students with the opportunity for clinical learning and community-based service.
  • Regis University: Located in Denver, Colorado, this university's Doctor of Physical Therapy program provides evidenced-based education with a focus on clinical technique.
  • The University of New England: This university in Portland, Maine aims to prepare graduates to meet the latest needs in the field of physical therapy by analyzing clinical decision-making and diagnosis.
  • The University of North Florida: This school in Jacksonville, Florida offers a doctoral program in physical therapy that prepares students to take the national licensure exam to become generalist practitioners.

Physical Therapist Education Requirements

The physical therapist education requirements dictate that students have a minimum of a master's degree to practice in their field, and many obtain doctorates.

Physical therapy degree programs require both classroom and laboratory instruction in addition to clinical hours. Undergraduates should pay special attention in their science and math courses. Physical therapy master's and doctoral degree programs typically include instruction in the following:

  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Behavioral science

Clinical work is a must and many programs require volunteer work in a physical therapy environment prior to being accepted into a program.

Physical Therapist Licensing

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all states require physical therapists to obtain licensure to practice. Licensure requirements vary from one state to the next, but all require physical therapists to earn at least a master's degree from an accredited physical therapy school and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination. Additionally, you may need to meet additional state-specific physical therapist training requirements. Continuing education units (CEUs) in physical therapy are mandatory for maintaining your license -- a requirement designed to keep physical therapists up to speed on advances in knowledge or technology affecting the field.

Physical Therapist Resources

Sources:

  1. Alabamba State University, http://www.alasu.edu/academics/colleges -- departments/health-sciences/physical-therapy/index.aspx
  2. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapist, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm
  3. Medical University of South Carolina, https://www.musc.edu/chp/pt/
  4. Regis University, http://www.regis.edu/RHCHP/Schools/School-of-Physical-Therapy.aspx
  5. University of North Florida, https://www.unf.edu/brooks/movement_science/graduate_program.aspx
  6. The University of New England, http://www.une.edu/wchp/pt/doctor-pt

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Physical Therapists

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Physical Therapists jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 950 $83,900
Birmingham 950 $83,900
Montgomery 220 $84,660
Mobile 200 $87,330
Huntsville 130 $94,470
Dothan 120 $97,210
Tuscaloosa 90 $83,570
Muscle Shoals 90 $86,770
Florence 90 $86,770
Foley 80 $76,710
Daphne 80 $76,710
Fairhope 80 $76,710
Decatur 60 $82,370
Opelika 60 $85,600
Auburn 60 $85,600
Gadsden 60 $94,890
Jacksonville 50 $87,750
Anniston 50 $87,750
Oxford 50 $87,750
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 280 $89,870
Fairbanks 60 $93,930
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 2110 $87,040
Phoenix 2110 $87,040
Mesa 2110 $87,040
Tucson 550 $82,970
Prescott 140 $87,180
Flagstaff 110 $74,990
Yuma 70 $87,680
Lake Havasu City 60 $84,400
Kingman 60 $84,400
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 690 $81,430
North Little Rock 690 $81,430
Little Rock 690 $81,430
Jonesboro 120 $89,510
Hot Springs 80 $78,310
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 7320 $92,900
Long Beach 7320 $92,900
Los Angeles 7320 $92,900
San Francisco 2970 $98,880
Hayward 2970 $98,880
Oakland 2970 $98,880
San Diego 1820 $89,810
Carlsbad 1820 $89,810
Ontario 1310 $91,380
San Bernardino 1310 $91,380
Riverside 1310 $91,380
Sacramento 1170 $98,490
Arden 1170 $98,490
Arcade 1170 $98,490
Roseville 1170 $98,490
San Jose 1120 $101,150
Sunnyvale 1120 $101,150
Santa Clara 1120 $101,150
Fresno 600 $95,850
Ventura 500 $86,220
Thousand Oaks 500 $86,220
Oxnard 500 $86,220
Lodi 330 $86,300
Stockton 330 $86,300
Vallejo 310 $110,550
Fairfield 310 $110,550
Santa Rosa 290 $100,040
Santa Barbara 240 $97,870
Santa Maria 240 $97,870
Modesto 200 $106,940
Bakersfield 190 $96,030
Salinas 180 $99,340
Santa Cruz 160 $101,800
Watsonville 160 $101,800
Paso Robles 130 $97,460
San Luis Obispo 130 $97,460
Arroyo Grande 130 $97,460
Chico 130 $100,210
Redding 110 $96,270
Merced 70 $99,770
Napa 70 $103,810
Visalia 60 $107,330
Porterville 60 $107,330
Yuba City 40 $83,740
Madera 40 $98,570
El Centro 40 $104,690
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 2320 $73,150
Denver 2320 $73,150
Lakewood 2320 $73,150
Colorado Springs 640 $76,740
Boulder 430 $73,270
Fort Collins 400 $74,620
Greeley 140 $73,140
Grand Junction 120 $80,950
Pueblo 90 $92,170
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 1430 $92,490
West Hartford 1430 $92,490
Hartford 1430 $92,490
Stamford 790 $94,430
Norwalk 790 $94,430
Bridgeport 790 $94,430
New Haven 700 $87,780
Danbury 220 $94,320
Waterbury 190 $85,920
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 100 $85,040
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 3840 $79,750
Miami 3840 $79,750
Fort Lauderdale 3840 $79,750
St. Petersburg 1740 $87,790
Clearwater 1740 $87,790
Tampa 1740 $87,790
Kissimmee 1050 $87,520
Orlando 1050 $87,520
Sanford 1050 $87,520
Jacksonville 840 $87,220
North Port 700 $86,760
Sarasota 700 $86,760
Bradenton 700 $86,760
Port St. Lucie 400 $88,350
Gainesville 380 $80,600
Fort Myers 350 $87,510
Cape Coral 350 $87,510
Palm Bay 330 $94,700
Titusville 330 $94,700
Melbourne 330 $94,700
Brent 300 $88,340
Pensacola 300 $88,340
Ferry Pass 300 $88,340
Deltona 300 $92,800
Ormond Beach 300 $92,800
Daytona Beach 300 $92,800
Lakeland 270 $79,400
Winter Haven 270 $79,400
Marco Island 270 $93,870
Immokalee 270 $93,870
Naples 270 $93,870
Crestview 240 $76,500
Fort Walton Beach 240 $76,500
Destin 240 $76,500
Tallahassee 240 $90,070
Ocala 210 $90,190
Homosassa Springs 140 $85,590
Punta Gorda 130 $82,760
Vero Beach 100 $92,430
Sebastian 100 $92,430
Panama City 80 $77,540
Sebring 60 $91,140
The Villages 50 $80,660
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 2840 $84,830
Atlanta 2840 $84,830
Sandy Springs 2840 $84,830
Dalton 200 $93,560
Savannah 180 $78,140
Macon 170 $93,070
Warner Robins 130 $71,100
Athens 130 $81,370
Clarke County 130 $81,370
Gainesville 110 $89,190
Rome 100 $86,080
Valdosta 50 $93,180
Albany 30 $48,930
Brunswick 30 $102,960
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 700 $86,800
Lahaina 80 N/A
Wailuku 80 N/A
Kahului 80 N/A
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 410 $78,280
Coeur d'Alene 100 $66,710
Idaho Falls 90 $84,040
Pocatello 50 $91,130
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 350 $87,640
Urbana 250 $74,640
Champaign 250 $74,640
Springfield 240 $96,430
Rockford 230 $77,290
Bloomington 130 $81,800
Marion 90 $82,650
Carbondale 90 $82,650
Kankakee 80 $74,930
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 1550 $84,190
Anderson 1550 $84,190
Carmel 1550 $84,190
Fort Wayne 400 $79,090
Terre Haute 120 $68,100
Bloomington 120 $86,810
Lafayette 110 $75,830
West Lafayette 110 $75,830
Kokomo 110 $90,430
Columbus 80 $50,110
Muncie 50 $77,240
Goshen 50 $79,150
Elkhart 50 $79,150
Michigan City 50 $86,570
La Porte 50 $86,570
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 410 $82,690
Des Moines 410 $82,690
Cedar Rapids 200 $75,200
Iowa City 140 $76,550
Cedar Falls 120 $79,760
Waterloo 120 $79,760
Dubuque 100 $68,950
Ames 40 $73,390
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 330 $79,660
Topeka 210 $90,470
Lawrence 80 $69,850
Manhattan 30 $75,920
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 410 $82,730
Fayette 410 $82,730
Bowling Green 100 $91,770
Owensboro 50 $83,210
Fort Knox 50 $84,070
Elizabethtown 50 $84,070
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 880 $72,890
Metairie 880 $72,890
Baton Rouge 600 $91,850
Lafayette 290 $54,850
Bossier City 230 $83,000
Shreveport 230 $83,000
Lake Charles 140 $65,670
Thibodaux 130 $90,110
Houma 130 $90,110
Alexandria 100 $98,780
Hammond 90 $84,460
Monroe 60 $100,340
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 590 $74,010
South Portland 590 $74,010
Bangor 150 $77,010
Auburn 100 $70,630
Lewiston 100 $70,630
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 2600 $88,220
Columbia 2600 $88,220
Baltimore 2600 $88,220
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 290 $88,360
Gardner 140 $91,030
Leominster 140 $91,030
New Bedford 110 $97,270
Pittsfield 90 $76,040
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 4030 $87,550
Detroit 4030 $87,550
Warren 4030 $87,550
Wyoming 1300 $82,660
Grand Rapids 1300 $82,660
Ann Arbor 390 $84,360
Saginaw 310 $77,300
Flint 290 $81,630
East Lansing 280 $81,900
Lansing 280 $81,900
Portage 200 $84,100
Kalamazoo 200 $84,100
Bay City 140 $81,100
Battle Creek 90 $69,320
Muskegon 90 $79,640
Midland 90 $82,050
Monroe 70 $59,970
Jackson 60 $78,000
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 250 $83,240
St. Cloud 180 $83,220
Mankato N/A $80,080
North Mankato N/A $80,080
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 590 $86,350
Pascagoula 230 $79,800
Biloxi 230 $79,800
Gulfport 230 $79,800
Hattiesburg 50 N/A
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 400 $84,830
Columbia 150 $74,230
Joplin 120 $78,300
Jefferson City 60 $69,590
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 180 $73,160
Billings 150 $75,410
Great Falls 50 $83,810
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 330 $73,960
Grand Island 70 $83,740
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1150 $107,200
Henderson 1150 $107,200
Las Vegas 1150 $107,200
Reno 280 $87,180
Carson City 50 $88,160
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 240 $80,650
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 300 $89,450
Atlantic City 160 $88,350
Hammonton 160 $88,350
Vineland 60 $91,990
Bridgeton 60 $91,990
Ocean City 30 $86,840
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 770 $91,260
Las Cruces 150 $94,890
Santa Fe 70 $82,720
Farmington 30 $80,350
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 1020 $72,630
Cheektowaga 1020 $72,630
Buffalo 1020 $72,630
Rochester 980 $75,860
Albany 840 $72,390
Schenectady 840 $72,390
Troy 840 $72,390
Syracuse 590 $74,670
Utica 260 $74,280
Rome 260 $74,280
Binghamton 170 $76,840
Kingston 140 $86,820
Glens Falls 110 $73,230
Watertown 80 $68,440
Fort Drum 80 $68,440
Ithaca 60 $70,950
Elmira N/A $70,090
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 860 $77,930
Chapel Hill 610 $78,130
Durham 610 $78,130
Winston 540 $81,890
Salem 540 $81,890
High Point 450 $85,470
Greensboro 450 $85,470
Asheville 430 $84,450
New Bern 240 $64,430
Fayetteville 210 $76,170
Rocky Mount 170 $85,850
Wilmington 160 $76,430
Hickory 120 $91,250
Lenoir 120 $91,250
Morganton 120 $91,250
Greenville 100 $82,460
Burlington 90 $80,990
Jacksonville 50 $77,550
Goldsboro 30 $85,720
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 160 $70,860
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 1430 $88,280
Cleveland 1430 $88,280
Columbus 1370 $77,160
Dayton 590 $94,050
Akron 480 $88,640
Toledo 460 $85,740
Canton 250 $84,940
Massillon 250 $84,940
Springfield 90 $86,360
Mansfield 60 $88,020
Lima 40 $86,850
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 850 $81,220
Tulsa 560 $80,860
Lawton 50 $88,870
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 290 $90,660
Redmond 260 $73,760
Bend 260 $73,760
Salem 170 $84,160
Medford 160 $79,920
Corvallis 60 $85,180
Grants Pass 50 $76,600
Albany 40 $83,200
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 2630 $76,790
Scranton 610 $89,150
Wilkes 610 $89,150
Barre 610 $89,150
Hazleton 610 $89,150
Carlisle 580 $90,820
Harrisburg 580 $90,820
York 370 $85,690
Hanover 370 $85,690
Lancaster 370 $87,250
Reading 240 $88,240
Erie 240 $88,480
Johnstown 150 $69,750
Bloomsburg 140 $82,790
Berwick 140 $82,790
Altoona 120 $81,170
State College 110 $75,980
Chambersburg 100 $89,110
Waynesboro 100 $89,110
Williamsport 70 $87,430
Lebanon 60 $79,900
East Stroudsburg 60 $90,990
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 320 $48,260
Carolina 320 $48,260
San Juan 320 $48,260
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 630 $87,730
Greenville 630 $87,730
Anderson 630 $87,730
Columbia 530 $77,720
Charleston 490 $80,970
North Charleston 490 $80,970
Spartanburg 210 $87,690
Beaufort 130 $76,990
Bluffton 130 $76,990
Hilton Head Island 130 $76,990
Florence 130 $97,360
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 340 $73,070
Rapid City 110 $77,730
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1540 $82,180
Franklin 1540 $82,180
Davidson 1540 $82,180
Nashville 1540 $82,180
Knoxville 490 $78,890
Johnson City 160 $85,210
Jackson 120 $82,530
Cleveland 50 $90,780
Morristown 50 $122,970
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 5700 $91,510
Fort Worth 5700 $91,510
Arlington 5700 $91,510
Houston 2750 $88,780
The Woodlands 2750 $88,780
Sugar Land 2750 $88,780
San Antonio 1470 $81,420
New Braunfels 1470 $81,420
Round Rock 880 $82,780
Austin 880 $82,780
El Paso 320 $85,010
McAllen 250 $102,070
Mission 250 $102,070
Edinburg 250 $102,070
Corpus Christi 250 $103,180
Killeen 230 $93,550
Temple 230 $93,550
Lubbock 190 $83,260
Tyler 180 $91,100
Brownsville 170 $101,940
Harlingen 170 $101,940
Amarillo 160 $80,860
Abilene 130 $92,810
Waco 110 $92,480
Victoria 110 $104,140
Port Arthur 100 $94,670
Beaumont 100 $94,670
Longview 90 $90,430
Wichita Falls 90 $90,450
Laredo 90 $97,860
Odessa 70 $76,520
Denison 70 $82,600
Sherman 70 $82,600
College Station 70 $82,770
Bryan 70 $82,770
Midland 60 $86,390
San Angelo 40 $95,950
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 860 $76,730
Clearfield 350 $87,490
Ogden 350 $87,490
Orem 220 $82,520
Provo 220 $82,520
St. George 80 $89,830
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 290 $77,000
Burlington 290 $77,000
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1020 $86,170
Roanoke 250 $87,640
Charlottesville 230 $83,660
Lynchburg 150 $90,550
Harrisonburg 120 $101,550
Waynesboro 80 $88,540
Staunton 80 $88,540
Blacksburg 60 $83,710
Christiansburg 60 $83,710
Radford 60 $83,710
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 2680 $85,660
Seattle 2680 $85,660
Bellevue 2680 $85,660
Spokane 500 $79,690
Spokane Valley 500 $79,690
Tumwater 160 $90,240
Olympia 160 $90,240
Richland 150 $82,970
Kennewick 150 $82,970
Bellingham 110 $83,970
Silverdale 100 $77,900
Bremerton 100 $77,900
Yakima 90 $83,500
Wenatchee 90 $93,440
Anacortes 80 $79,340
Mount Vernon 80 $79,340
Longview 50 $91,020
Walla Walla 40 $94,260
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 190 $78,040
Beckley 120 $81,160
Charleston 120 $83,200
Vienna 100 $86,880
Parkersburg 100 $86,880
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 1340 $80,450
Waukesha 1340 $80,450
Milwaukee 1340 $80,450
Madison 560 $80,300
Green Bay 260 $80,590
Appleton 180 $75,630
Eau Claire 160 $76,800
Racine 160 $80,230
Neenah 110 $76,910
Oshkosh 110 $76,910
Fond du Lac 100 $81,710
Wausau 90 $81,410
Beloit 90 $83,650
Janesville 90 $83,650
Sheboygan 60 $90,880
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 60 $89,370
Casper 40 $73,500

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Physical Therapists

To find out more about building a career as Physical Therapists, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Physical Therapists

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Medical Office 85,180 51% $72,850
Hospital 53,410 32% $73,000
Nursing And Residential Care 12,310 7% $76,370
Education 6,680 4% $63,830
Government 3,530 2% $71,840
Office Services And Staffing 2,750 1% $74,370
Social Service 1,990 1% $73,500
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  • Massage Therapy/Therapist
  • One of the largest massage therapy schools in the nation teaching since 1979.
  • First massage school in California to be nationally accredited.
  • Has a successful job placement record— 86% of graduates get placed into work in massage therapy.
  • Provides massage therapist education with multiple methods to ensure every student learns the material.
  • Offers lifetime career placement assistance and holds partnerships with a variety of employers.
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Programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
  • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
  • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).

We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Physical Therapists.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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